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Thread: Illegal start of expression.

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    Default Illegal start of expression.

    This is my code i cant get passed one part that used to work and now doesnt. i dont know what I changed

    import java.util.*;
    public class Assign4b{
    public static void main(String[] args){
    Scanner input = new Scanner(System.in);
    processEmployeePay(input, getEmployeeCnt(input));
    double hours = 0.0;

    int employees;
    employees = getEmployeeCnt(input);

    }
    public static int getEmployeeCnt(Scanner input){
    System.out.print("How many employees are there: ");
    return result = input.nextInt();
    }

    public static void processEmployeePay(Scanner input, int employees){
    double hours = 0.0;
    double pay = 0.0;
    String name = "";
    double grossPay = 0.0;
    String topName = "";
    double topHours = 0.0;

    for(int i = 1; i <= employees; i++){
    System.out.print("Enter employee, hours worked, pay rate, and name seperated by a space: ");
    hours = input.nextDouble();
    pay = input.nextDouble();
    name = input.nextLine();
    grossPay = getGrossPay(hours, pay);

    for (int i = 1; i <= employees; i++){
    if (hours > tophours){
    hours = topHours;
    name = topName;

    displayEmployeePay(name, grossPay, hours, pay);
    }
    //call method that print congratulations(hours, name)
    }
    }

    public static double getGrossPay(double hours, double pay){
    double total= 0.0;
    if (hours <= 40){
    total = (pay * hours);
    }
    if (hours > 40 && hours < 48){
    total = (40 * pay) + ((hours - 40) * (pay * 1.5));
    }
    if (hours >= 48){
    total = ((pay * 2) * hours) + (40 * pay) + ((hours - 40) * (pay * 1.5));
    }
    return total;
    }
    public static void displayEmployeePay(String name, double grossPay, double hours, double pay){
    System.out.println("Employee name: \t" + name);
    System.out.println(" Hours Worked: \t" + hours);
    System.out.println(" Pay rate: \t" + pay);
    System.out.println(" Gross Pay: \t" + grossPay);
    System.out.println();
    }
    public static topEmployee(String topName, double topHours){
    if (topHours > 56){
    System.out.println("WOW!!!! What a Dynamo!" +topName+ "Worked "
    +topHours+ "Hours This WEEK!");
    } if else (topHours > 48){
    System.out.println(+topName+ "is Such a WorkHorse! Looks Like You Worked "
    +topHours+ "Hours this WEEK!");
    } if else (topHours > 40){
    System.out.println("Well, Good For YOU"+topName+", Who Worked "
    +topHours+"Hours this WEEL!");
    }
    else (topHours <= 40){
    System.out.println("Most hours but no one worked over 40: "+topName+"Worked "
    +topHours+ "Hours this WEEK!");
    }
    }
    }


    all the billion errors


    Assign4b.java:51: error: illegal start of expression
    public static double getGrossPay(double hours, double pay){
    ^
    Assign4b.java:51: error: illegal start of expression
    public static double getGrossPay(double hours, double pay){
    ^
    Assign4b.java:51: error: ';' expected
    public static double getGrossPay(double hours, double pay){
    ^
    Assign4b.java:51: error: '.class' expected
    public static double getGrossPay(double hours, double pay){
    ^
    Assign4b.java:51: error: ';' expected
    public static double getGrossPay(double hours, double pay){
    ^
    Assign4b.java:51: error: ';' expected
    public static double getGrossPay(double hours, double pay){
    ^
    Assign4b.java:64: error: illegal start of expression
    public static void displayEmployeePay(String name, double grossPay, double hours, double pay){
    ^
    Assign4b.java:64: error: illegal start of expression
    public static void displayEmployeePay(String name, double grossPay, double hours, double pay){
    ^
    Assign4b.java:64: error: ';' expected
    public static void displayEmployeePay(String name, double grossPay, double hours, double pay){
    ^
    Assign4b.java:64: error: ')' expected
    public static void displayEmployeePay(String name, double grossPay, double hours, double pay){
    ^
    Assign4b.java:64: error: illegal start of expression
    public static void displayEmployeePay(String name, double grossPay, double hours, double pay){
    ^
    Assign4b.java:64: error: ';' expected
    public static void displayEmployeePay(String name, double grossPay, double hours, double pay){
    ^
    Assign4b.java:64: error: not a statement
    public static void displayEmployeePay(String name, double grossPay, double hours, double pay){
    ^
    Assign4b.java:64: error: ';' expected
    public static void displayEmployeePay(String name, double grossPay, double hours, double pay){
    ^
    Assign4b.java:64: error: <identifier> expected
    public static void displayEmployeePay(String name, double grossPay, double hours, double pay){
    ^
    Assign4b.java:64: error: not a statement
    public static void displayEmployeePay(String name, double grossPay, double hours, double pay){
    ^
    Assign4b.java:64: error: ';' expected
    public static void displayEmployeePay(String name, double grossPay, double hours, double pay){
    ^
    Assign4b.java:71: error: illegal start of expression
    public static topEmployee(String topName, double topHours){
    ^
    Assign4b.java:71: error: illegal start of expression
    public static topEmployee(String topName, double topHours){
    ^
    Assign4b.java:71: error: ';' expected
    public static topEmployee(String topName, double topHours){
    ^
    Assign4b.java:71: error: <identifier> expected
    public static topEmployee(String topName, double topHours){
    ^
    Assign4b.java:71: error: not a statement
    public static topEmployee(String topName, double topHours){
    ^
    Assign4b.java:71: error: ';' expected
    public static topEmployee(String topName, double topHours){
    ^
    Assign4b.java:75: error: '(' expected
    } if else (topHours > 48){
    ^
    Assign4b.java:75: error: illegal start of expression
    } if else (topHours > 48){
    ^
    Assign4b.java:75: error: ')' expected
    } if else (topHours > 48){
    ^
    Assign4b.java:75: error: not a statement
    } if else (topHours > 48){
    ^
    Assign4b.java:75: error: ';' expected
    } if else (topHours > 48){
    ^
    Assign4b.java:78: error: '(' expected
    } if else (topHours > 40){
    ^
    Assign4b.java:78: error: illegal start of expression
    } if else (topHours > 40){
    ^
    Assign4b.java:78: error: ')' expected
    } if else (topHours > 40){
    ^
    Assign4b.java:78: error: not a statement
    } if else (topHours > 40){
    ^
    Assign4b.java:78: error: ';' expected
    } if else (topHours > 40){
    ^
    Assign4b.java:82: error: 'else' without 'if'
    else (topHours <= 40){
    ^
    Assign4b.java:82: error: not a statement
    else (topHours <= 40){
    ^
    Assign4b.java:82: error: ';' expected
    else (topHours <= 40){
    ^
    Assign4b.java:87: error: reached end of file while parsing
    }


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    Default Re: Illegal start of expression.

    Hi.

    Can you please put your code in [CODE] tags so we can read it more clearly. Also just a picture of the command prompt and/or compiler you are using should be satisfactory This will assist the community in helping you further.

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    Default Re: Illegal start of expression.

    Quote Originally Posted by finding_my_inner_geek View Post
    all the billion errors
    Always treat the code as if there is exactly one error, the first error reported. Many times (and I think this is such a case) the first error causes a problem that makes the compiler see errors that are not errors. Correcting the first error will put things back into order. So work on the first error, correct it, then try to compile and run again. If there is an error then work on it.
    Without looking over the code, I would say to look at the {}'s to make sure there is not one missing or an extra one where it shouldn't be

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